The Price of Failing to Validate Character: The Cost of Being CHEAP

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One need only look at the horrific tragedy that occurred at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. June 17, 2015, where nine were shot and killed by a 21-year-old self-proclaimed white supremacist to measure the cost associated with failing to conduct thorough background investigations. Subsequent to a much-extended litigation process, the government agreed to pay $88 mil to victims and families of the deceased, thus holding the government responsible for the FBI’s failure in conducting a thorough background investigation. The FBI acknowledged that an error made during the background check failed to identify the pertinent details of his criminal background leading him to acquire a Glock 41. If done properly, he would have been prevented from obtaining. Specifically, Roof’s criminal history showed that he had been arrested on a felony drug charge in Lexington County, South Carolina. The sheriff’s office told the FBI examiner conducting the background check to contact the Columbia Police. But the FBI’s databases showed no such department in Lexington County, only a different one — the West Columbia police department — which had no record of any arrest.

Though the background check was still underway, Roof got his gun after the three-day waiting period expired. Federal law allows a gun sale to go ahead if the FBI hasn’t blocked it after three days. In a ruling allowing the lawsuits to go forward, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit concluded, “There is no dispute that the information in this report would have been sufficient to establish that Roof was an unlawful user of a controlled substance who could not lawfully possess a firearm.” Roof was convicted and sentenced to death after a trial in federal court. He also pleaded guilty in a separate trial in state court and was sentenced to life in prison

Most may focus on the 88 million; however, the real price of this negligence comes at the expense of the souls that were removed from this world by a disdain-fueled evil man; all because the proper attention was not given to the required quality to conduct a thorough background investigation. And this was the FBI, the premier law enforcement agency in the United States, so I guess it should be no surprise that across our country, employers of all sizes routinely make the same egregious error, and they do so consciously. Why? Because of money. Because thorough databases are expensive, entities will roll the dice that nothing will happen than beg forgiveness and promise changes once it does, regardless of the price.

There is a zero margin for error for those of us who have been bequeathed the privilege of protecting others. Cheap is expensive, and the safety of all lives must be a primary investment for absent life… money has no value. Hold your employers accountable and make sure that you hold your elected officials accountable. Your life may very well depend on it.

The Failure of Public Administrators

By | The Bridge, Uncategorized

The Failure of Public Administrators

by Paul Viollis, Law Enforcement & Security Analyst & CEO of Viollis Group International

Back in the ’80s, when I was studying for my MPA (Master of Public Administration), the one point that was stressed above all others was the responsibility of the public administrator to safeguard their citizens and embrace their accountability of same. I look at where we are today and wonder what happened to that mantra. From the conscious decision to break Federal Law by legalizing illegal immigration through the creation of sanctuary cities to defunding Police and the current vaccine mandate, which will strip our municipalities of their Police, healthcare providers, teachers, and first responders, our public administrators across our great country are failing in epic proportions. Moreover, it begs the question; has any thought been given to the ramifications of such actions. More on that later.

My history teacher at Holy Cross HS, Mr. Gianuzzi, emphasized that history was a cause-event- result cycle that would constantly repeat itself. As I’ve grown in my 41-year career in public service, I have found few words truer than those. Hence, we as Americans now find ourselves in the same spot other realms once did, being destroyed from within. Make no mistake about it; the excruciating fact is we are more the Divided States of America than the United States of America and that, in large part, is due to the miserable job of our public administrators. With the keyword in that sentence being fact, let’s have a fact-based conversation regardless of if you are red or blue, black or white, gay or straight, rich or poor, or whatever other dividing line you wish to use. I offer the following facts to kick off this conversation as a mere sampling of the plethora of options to choose from.

  1. The United States was founded on Judeo-Christian values, yet our municipal leaders have found it their job to remove such values from our classrooms, workplaces, and public buildings. They have gone to such an extent that the mere mention of the word GOD is shunned as potentially insulting, yet everything else is fair game. Ask the atheists. They are big fans of mine. So much for freedom of Religion.
  1. 8 USC 1324 clearly makes it illegal to harbor an illegal alien, yet our public administrators across the country have and continue to violate this law through their sanctuary cities. My suggestion is to ask all those legally applying for citizenship (like my ancestors did) if it’s ok by them for the thousands of illegals to cut the line. Bottom line, illegal is illegal.
  1. From coast to coast, municipalities have allowed violent rioters to occupy portions of our cities and destroy private residences and businesses, thus stripping law-abiding citizens of their basic constitutional rights for equal protection under the law. My message to those administrators this applies to? By doing this, you are acting outside the scope of your employment by bequeathing the right to criminals to destroy the ‘peoples’ cities.
  1. Less than ½ of 1 percent of Police misrepresent the badge. Yet, public administrators across the country jumped on the ‘hate Police’ bandwagon after the George Floyd case and decided to reduce the ranks of Police and replace them with social workers. Hey, I

am a huge fan of our mental health clinicians, but they do not replace Police. That’s just injudicious. Think hard, PA’s, about what the next step looks like regarding who will take the place of Police.

  1. Public administrators across the country have successfully politicized the worst pandemic in our history and successfully divided our country to such an extent that the American government can now demand to control one’s personal health decisions or strip them of their employment. That’s right. I’m talking jabs for jobs. Here’s a newsflash; you do not have the right, constitutionally, to do this! Don’t look now, but you resemble China more and more every day.

Obviously, there is no shortage of material, but I think this is a good starting point. The goal is simple; to generate fact-based conversations so ‘we’ as Americans can see if it is still possible to build a bridge we can use to communicate productively. We can disagree all day long so long as we agree to use facts to educate each other.

I will leave you with this thought. Given the accuracy of the content contained herein, it is a blatant fact that we are losing control of our municipalities. Once that happens, and it will, don’t cry when you see tanks rolling down Main St. to battle organized militia groups. You don’t have to read the tea leaves to know that is precisely what is coming if we don’t fix this chaos now.

Garlands deployment of federal law enforcement upon protesting parents

By | The Bridge

Garlands deployment of federal law enforcement upon protesting parents

by Paul Viollis, Law Enforcement & Security Analyst & CEO of Viollis Group International

Given the Incongruity of the United States Attorney General’s decision to deflect federal law enforcement from rising crime and omnipresent threats and focus upon parents of adolescent children, one must ask themselves if this was his decision or was it promulgated from another source. More on that later. For now, I think it’s imperative that we, as American citizens, closely examine precisely what is occurring right before our eyes.

The issue: Parents of K-12 children are in protest of school boards’ decisions on mask mandates and the inclusion of critical race theory within the required curriculum. Therefore, they are voicing their concerns regarding their desire to make parenting decisions about the physical health of their children and the content that is being disseminated to their minds. Now, if that doesn’t leave you wanting to lock up every parent, I don’t know what will. Really? We, as a country, have fallen this far? Forget the commentary. Let’s stick to the mantra of this blog and have a fact-based conversation about this nonsense.

The Facts:

  1. The First Amendment of the US Constitution clearly states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” For the purposes of our conversation, the keyword in this directive is peaceably.

Parents have the constitutional right to protest as loud as they like, given their 1st amendment rights, provided they are not breaking laws such as what has been alleged, albeit absent any form of specificity. That said, if individuals or groups have crossed the legal line and made statements that would constitute the material elements of a criminal Statute or Penal Code, then that would clearly be a matter for local law enforcement. Only if these allegations crossed state lines would federal law enforcement come into play. Where then, does AG Garland find he has jurisdiction to deploy the manpower of both the FBI and USAO for such matters when we are staring down threats such as terrorism on US soil, gang violence out of control, an overrun border, all-time low staffing of Police and cyber-crime at an unprecedented high just to mention a few.

  1. Just when I thought I had seen the very depth of ignorance within our society, I reflect on the fact that the timing of Garland’s memorandum closely follows the timing of a letter from the National School Board Association (NSBA), which asks the Biden administration to have law enforcement treat parent and student protests of mask policies and Critical Race Theory as a form of “domestic terrorism.” That being said, let’s look at what the USA Patriot Act defines Domestic Terrorism to be: A person engages in domestic terrorism if they do an act “dangerous to human life” that is a violation of the criminal laws of a state or the United States if the act appears to be intended to: (i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass

destruction, assassination or kidnapping. Additionally, the acts have to occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States and, if they do not, may be regarded as international terrorism. So it would be at this point that I would direct the question to the NSBA, a body typically comprised of learned professionals, of where exactly you feel your blatantly inaccurate accusations fall within the aforementioned definition?

  1. Any reasonable thinking person would have to acknowledge that our country has and continues to be plagued with racism being perpetrated by all people regardless of color or creed. Any reluctance to concede that point would simply be inaccurate. That said, the only true anecdote to this epidemic is to build a bridge between all parties constructed by such tents as respectful actions and speech, decisions being made on factual knowledge, not speculation, taking the time to know someone not thinking you know them, embracing the realization that none of us are good enough to judge another, and giving everyone a fair shot at learning, working, living and loving. So then I look at CRT and ask myself, where, in this directive, can we achieve that through this definition: based on the premise that race is not a natural, biologically grounded feature of physically distinct subgroups of human beings but a socially constructed (culturally invented) category that is used to oppress and exploit people of color. Critical race theorists hold

that racism is inherent in the law and legal institutions of the United States insofar as they function to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites, especially African Americans. Critical race theorists are generally dedicated to applying their understanding of the institutional or structural nature of racism to the concrete (if distant) goal of eliminating all race-based and other

unjust hierarchies. Look at this and try and be objective; is this curriculum going to help? The answer is no. It will just build the wall higher. Do we need an unbiased, fact-based curriculum? No question, but this is clearly not it.

The bottom line here is this: Parents protesting mask policies and the curriculum content to which their children are being exposed is not domestic terrorism, yet the accusing group made no comment whatsoever when crowds all over the country were burning down their cities, destroying businesses, and tearing down statues; actions which do in fact meet the material elements of DT. So, where did this decision come from? Garland is a highly respected lawyer with a sterling track record, so why this? We will probably never know, but what is for sure, what is factual, is that this is not a matter for our lands premier Law Enforcement agency but a subject that should be discussed freely with only one agenda, that being, what is best for all the children and the parameters of parents right to govern their children’s health.